House OKs illegal immigrant driver's licenses bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House has
approved legislation allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.
House lawmakers approved the bill 65 to 46. The measure now heads to
Gov. Pat Quinn's desk, who has said he'll sign it.
Supporters of the bill that sailed through the state Senate have been
bipartisan. They call it a matter of public safety that will allow an estimated
250,000 illegal immigrants of driving age in Illinois to get driver's licenses.
The licenses would not be used for identification purposes like to board
a plane. Anyone who applies will have to take driver's tests, prove Illinois residency and
have a picture taken that would go into a state database.
Washington and New
Mexico allow illegal immigrants to get licenses.